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July 14, 2014

Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro interviewed Sara Mae Hickey, the Owner of Puzzles Bakery & Café, a new business in upstate New York that is committed to hiring adults with special needs. Puzzles seeks to "solve the puzzle" of autism and adulthood by providing opportunities for personal growth, as well as a source of income, social interaction, and a sense of purpose for individuals of all abilities.

July 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of State is hiring virtual interns! We are looking for talented students with diverse backgrounds and skill sets, and no prior work or internship experience is necessary. This program involves working on projects in areas such as information technology, international relations, and communications and social media.  Interaction will be via email, telephone, and Skype.  Virtual interns work approximately 10 hours a week for the duration of the academic year. This is an unpaid internship.

What does “Not in My Back Yard (NIMBY)” mean?

NIMBYism is a term that is used to describe opposition from neighbors to the development or acquisition of a group home occupied by individuals with special needs.  People with autism spectrum disorders (ASD’s) who are planning to move into a group home are often directly targeted by NIMBYism.   

A letter from Autism Speaks President Liz Feld to New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson
July 11, 2014
Autism Speaks President Liz Feld wrote to Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle, N.Y., in response to the Mayor's post on his website entitled "Child, Home, Neighborhood, Community & Conscience."  You can read his post here.
 
Dear Noam:
 

School is out, the sun is shining and it is that time of year when we all begin to think about planning some downtime – maybe a family vacation, neighborhood BBQ or a fun day at the beach!

July 09, 2014

(July 9, 2014) -- The body of a five-year-old Missouri boy with autism who wandered from his family's home in Harrisonville was found drowned in a neighbor's pond yesterday, shortly after his family reached out to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department to report that he was missing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these child's family and friends.

July 08, 2014

ROCKVILLE, MD (July 8, 2014) -- Federal officials today presented the first state-by-state autism guide on insurance and Medicaid coverage, service delivery, transition services and more. The guide represents a 2012 snapshot of autism in each state, but does not evaluate or compare the quality of services between states or identify best practices.